mjluke and oncas, those kinds of pain are hard to describe and quantify. I experienced them for about 3 months or more before my PCa dx, so I know it wasn't "in my mind". When I first met with my Urological dr/surgeon, he listened to me about the pains, but said it was doubtful that it had anything to do with the PC.
I felt pain high up when I would sit down on something hard, pain and weakness in my inner and outer hips and thighs, almost a feeling of general fatigue or weakness in that area.
I feared that it meant that perhaps that if I had PC (pre diagnosis of course), that meant it probably had spread. The bone and CT scans cleared up that false thought real quick.
Post surgery, I still have some of the pains described, but no where at the level of pain and discomfort as before surgery.
Just make sure your doctor knows about it, because there could be other causes beyond PC.
Hope that helps.
Age 56, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3
3rd Biopsy 9/8 Positive 7 of 7 cores pos, 40-90%, Gleason 7
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Non-nerve sparing, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes
First PSA Post Surgery 2/9/9